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English definition of “on the ropes”

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on the ropes

informal
doing badly and likely to fail: I think the business is finally on the ropes.
Translations of “on the ropes”
in Chinese (Traditional) 處於困境, 即將失敗,即將完蛋…
in Chinese (Simplified) 处于困境, 即将失败,即将完蛋…
(Definition of on the ropes from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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